Coastal Plants, Pacific Northwest
Hiking in the Pacific Northwest and seeing the meadows, slopes, and trail sides filled with a vast variety of Coastal Plants is one of my favorite things to do.
While we all appreciate the beauty plants give us, we hardly consider the magic at work to create this show year after year.
Annuals must grow anew each year from seed while perennial plants can last for several seasons, but ultimately must also produce enough new plants from seed to maintain the population.
Seeds formed after pollination occurs must be carried from the mother plant to places they can germinate. Some wildflower seeds have varying amounts of chemicals that inhibit germination in their seed coats. Some seeds germinate with just a small amount of rainfall. Others won’t sprout until the spring rains come and soak the seed.
Some seeds remain viable in the soil for decades before conditions are just right and they can grow. This is an insurance against all the seeds sprouting at once in unfavorable conditions and not reproducing.
There is so many fascinating edible plants on our coast that one could never learn about them all but one can try, so get out and see for yourself just what plants live in your area.
Take your camera to bring home memories of where you went. You might do yourself some good hiking around the coast. It is a nice, healthy way to get some exercise.